Peugeot has opened its order books for its all-new 2008 SUV with pricing announced for diesel and petrol models, writes Trish Whelan.
Diesel units have now arrived in dealership forecourts this month with petrol powertrains due in March.
Retailing from €23,900, plus delivery related charges, for the Active 1.2 PureTech petrol 100bhp model and from €25,900 plus delivery for the Active 1.5 BlueHDi 100bhp diesel model, the full electric e-2008 SUV pricing will be announced closer to launch in April.
It comes with a striking, robust front face and strong lighting signature. The car is longer and wider than its predecessor. The boot holds a maximum capacity of 1,467 litres, even with an electric battery in place as the battery is positioned under the floor so there’s no compromise to space.
|Interior of left-hand-drive model|
Customers have a choice of four PureTech petrol engines which include a 1.2 PureTech with 100bhp and 130bhp with 6-speed manual transmissions, a 1.2 130bhp 8-speed automatic and a 1.2 155bhp 8-speed automatic. The 1.5 diesel with 100bhp is matched to a 6-speed manual. The e-2008 SUV, the brand’s first fully electric SUV, is powered by a 50kWh battery and a 136bhp motor to provide a range up to 310kms from a full charge, under WTP testing.
Standard specification across the range, from Active trim, includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air con, 6 airbags, ESP with Hill Start Assist, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, eco LED headlights, front fog lamps, rear full LED 3D claw-effect lights, Cruise Control, automatic headlights/wipers, two ISOFIX child seat fittings and child locking on rear doors, as well as a big list of safety features. The 2008 SUV also has the brand’s i-Cockpit featuring a small and compact multi-function steering wheel, heads-up instrument panel and touchscreen, Bluetooth, Mirror Screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard across all versions.
The Allure trim, from €25,850 plus charges, gains the latest 3D i-Cockpit with a configurable 3D instrrument panel display, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric/heated/power folding door mirrors, front parking sensors, privacy glass, passenger seat height adjustment, an electric parking brake and modular boot (2-position boot floor) and roof bars.
The GT Line, from €28,380 etc. gains heated front seats, a 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, twin chrome exhaust, full LED headlamps with Smartbeam Assist, LED front fog lamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lights, and Active Safety Brake.
The top of the range GT trim, from €34,950 etc, adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Positioning Assist, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, a smartphone charging plate, Alcantara upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels and hands free access to the boot.
Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors (Peugeot Importer in Ireland), said: “This all-new 2008 SUV has real road presence and I have full confidence it will gain new custom, even in its very competitive B SUV segment.” He said Peugeot’s philosophy of offering customers the option to choose the model, then choose the powertrain - petrol, diesel or electric - without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations, is striking a chord with customers. He believes this approach allows customers to opt for the powertrain that best suits their exact needs.
First launched in 2013, Peugeot has sold over one million units of its star-selling 2008 SUV. With this new-generation model, the Lion Brand aims to remain a leader of the SUV market in Europe.